Private 2 Day Western Ireland

Private 2 Day Western Ireland

Tour from Dublin

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Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.

A Short Introduction To Your Journey

Sitting on the very edge of Western Europe, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of Ireland's most iconic road trips.

This private two day tour from Dublin allows you to engage with a collection of the region's finest sites and attractions including Galway, Cliffs of Moher, Burren region, Connemara region, Doolin village or Liscannor village and many local surprises along the way.

Your West of Ireland experience is rounded off with iconic photo opportunities and delicious pub and restaurant options in both town and country.

Look forward to the safety, comfort and style of your own Mercedes- Benz private tour vehicle and exclusive door to door service with your own private driver- guide.

Please don't hesitate to contact us today to secure your arrangements for this popular two day private experience from Dublin.

What to expect:

Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - Galway
Day 2: Depart Galway - Burren Region - Cliffs of Moher - Dublin (ends)

Guest feedback:

"Erin, thank you so much for putting this Irish experience together for us. My grandmother always told of the beauty of the west coast and it certainly did not disappoint. With gratitude," - MF, Santa Barbara, California

  • A convenient pickup from you chosen Dublin address.
  • Scenic drive through Ireland’s beautiful midland counties.
  • Highlights of the Connemara wilderness.
  • Time at your leisure to explore the fantastic, lively city of Galway.
  • Overnight in Galway city with great pub, restaurant and nightlife options.
  • A stunning drive along Ireland’s ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ and through the limestone Burren region.
  • Experience the wild beauty of the Cliffs of Moher – frequently titled Ireland’s ‘must-see’ natural site.
  • Photo and refreshment stops at the historic and iconic Bunratty castle, Corcomroe Abbey and Dunguaire castle.
  • Relaxing and comfortable drive back to Dublin City.

 

  • Dublin-based expert advice
  • Collection from your hotel
  • Private Mercedes-Benz Tour Vehicle
  • Private Chauffeur Guide
  • Private 4G Wifi Connection in Tour Vehicle
  • Entrance fees (as specified at time of booking)
  • Fuel, Road Tolls and Associated Taxes
  • Dropoff at your hotel
  • Driver's overnight and meal expenses
  • Driver's Gratuity
  • Food, Drink or Refreshments
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Day 1: Dublin - Connemara - Galway

    Your driver will collect you from your door this morning and navigate the capital's busy rush hour streets while you sit back, relax and enjoy the introductory conversation.

    The trip across country is mainly motorway, with rolling farmland, herds of grazing livestock and ancient peat bogs either side of the road. By mid-morning you'll arrive in Connemara, a wilderness famous for its spectacular scenery inlcuding mountain ranges, lakes and wild ponies.

    Our first stop is typically in the tiny village of Cong, Co. Mayo. If you have ever seen the classic movie ‘The Quiet Man’, – this is where it was filmed with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Highlights of the village include celebrity hangout Ashford Castle (one of the top 5 star resorts in Europe) and the haunting Augustinian Abbey ruins (626 AD). The village also has a handful of quaint pubs and souvenir shops which hark back to a time gone by.

    This afternoon, continue towards Galway city, though the incredible landscapes of the Maumturk mountains, Lough Corrib and Maam Cross. This area was one of those decimated by the Irish Famine of 1845 - 52 which led to waves of emigration to the United States and far beyond. Ruined homes, farms and churches still stand in places as sad testament to those who once called these valleys home.

    Perhaps make a short stop at the Atlantic village of Spiddal (an Spidéal), Co. Galway, where you’ll likely hear the native Irish language spoken in the coffee shops and on the sidewalk - much of the region has retained the Irish national tongue and is called a Gaeltacht.

    By late afternoon you'll arrive in Galway, the west coast's principal city. Galway (or Gaillimh in Irish) is known for its laid back vibe and friendly population. Your driver will drop you off at the valet area of your hotel and you can freshen up and enjoy the late afternoon & evening at leisure.

    Before the shops close, many guests like to visit Thomas Dillon's Claddagh Ring Shop at 1 Quay Street and Aran Sweater Market at 23 Quay Street. The beautiful Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven (Galway Cathedral) is also worth a quick visit.

    This evening look forward to strolling through Shop Street, Quay Street, The Latin Quarter, Eyre Square and Spanish Arch as music fills the air. On long summer nights perhaps enjoy an ice cream or fish and chips on Salthill Promenade at Galway Bay. Meanwhile the local oysters pair amazingly well with Guinness - available in many of the pubs during oyster season.

     

    Kennedy & Carr recommend:

    Stay at: Glenlo Abbey (5*) or Park House (4*)

    Dine at: The Seafood Bar @ Kirwan's Lane (downtown), Pullman Restaurant (fine dining in a train carriage at Glenlo Abbey), O'Grady's on the Pier (Barna, 8km from downtown) or John Keogh's Gastropub (downtown)

    Enjoy a Guinness at: Tigh Neachtain (Naughton's) or Tigh Coili (Cully's)

  • Day 2: Depart Galway - Burren Region - Cliffs of Moher - Dublin

    Enjoy a second pot of Irish breakfast tea or coffee and relax as you look forward to the day ahead. Your driver will collect you at the agreed time and begin the journey south along a portion of the Wild Atlantic Way.

    Wave goodbye to Galway Bay as you enter the Burren Region of Co. Clare. The Burren is a one-of-its-kind area of limestone rock and is the only location in the world where flora of Arctic, Mediterranean and Alpine origin flourish side-by-side. 

    Some popular highlights this morning could include a quick stop for photos and fresh air at Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara village and perhaps a brief visit to the ruins of Corcomroe Abbey - a haunting Cistercian Abbey which was built in very remote territory in the eary 1200s and which has lain in ruin for centuries.

    Your road trip continues with raging ocean, sheer cliff faces and dolphin sightings all common features of the route – so make sure your camera is within easy reach!

    By late- morning / early afternoon you won't be far from Cliffs of Moher and many guests will be feeling the first pangs of hunger at this stage.

    A popular lunch stop is the village of Doolin with several pubs to choose from including O’Connor’s and Fitzers. During peak summer months Doolin can be seriously overcrowded with day trippers and coach groups - so many of our private clients will opt instead for nearby Liscannor where the Vaughan family have been running the Anchor Inn for decades - think seafood chowder, black pudding with foie gras, fish and chips, grass fed Irish ribeye and local monkfish paired with Guinness, excellent wines by the glass and all the usual soft drinks - ask your driver what he recommends on the day and take things from there.

    Refreshed, we’ll arrive at Ireland’s number one natural attraction – The Cliffs of Moher! Take time to explore this incredible wonder at your leisure, strolling along the cliff edges and gazing out across the Atlantic Ocean! Clear days offer views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay to the North – and the mountain ranges of Connemara beyond. You are now standing on the very edge of western Europe! The ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition offers a wealth of knowledge about the area and the gift shop has souvenirs to remember your visit.

    Departing the area by late afternoon, enjoy a brief stop at Bunratty Castle (for photos & refreshments - the castle will be closed) before the final stretch of motorway to the capital.

    Depending on your start time this morning, you'll usually arrive back in Dublin between 19:00 - 20:00 this evening. Look forward to an early night or to late dinner reservations and entertainment in the capital's bustling pub scene.

     

    Kennedy & Carr recommend:

    Stay at: The Westbury (5*), The Merrion (5*) or The Wilder Townhouse (4*)

    Dine at: Peploe's (St. Stephen's Green), WILDE Restaurant (The Westbury), The Garden Room (The Merrion)

    Enjoy a Guinness at: O'Donoghue's (15 Merrion Row), The Sidecar (The Westbury), The Cellar (The Merrion)

Private Tours typically range from EUR 695.00 – EUR 1,895.00+ per vehicle per day including a driver- guide (& his overnight expenses), fuel, road tolls and associated taxes. Guest accommodation & entrance fees are not included in the above guideline to facilitate guest flexibility.

Tours are priced individually according to the route, group size, distances & hours required, date(s) in question, start & end locations, overnight locations (where applicable) and remaining supply at time of booking.
Update: 1st May 2024

Ireland is currently at full employment. Many drivers exited the hospitality industry during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (as hospitality was shut for two years) and there is currently a relative shortage of the very best talent.

With pandemic restrictions now in the rear view mirror, and with the United States Dollar at its strongest level vs the Euro in 20 years, we are currently experiencing a sharp increase in demand from our principal markets in the US, UK, EU and Arabian Gulf for Spring / Summer 2024. As our availability sells out, rates will rise as demand outstrips remaining supply.

Accordingly, we encourage guests to secure preferred dates for the coming season as early as possible.

May 2024 (Peak Season)
Limited remaining availability. Certain dates now waitlist only due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at the major ports.

June 2024 (High- Peak Season)
June is now selling steadily. Certain dates close to fully booked due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 20% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

July 2024 (High- Peak Season)
July is now selling steadily. Certain dates close to fully booked due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 20- 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

August 2024 (High- Peak Season)
August is now selling steadily. Certain dates close to fully booked due to presence of several of the world's largest cruise ships at Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 20- 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

September 2024 (Peak Season)
Good availability for most dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

October 2024 (Shoulder Season)
Good availability for all dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

November 2024 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

December 2024 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. 25th December extremely limited availability. Traditionally there is a pronounced shortage of suitable drivers between 23rd December and 4th January.

January 2025 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. Reservation at least 72 hours before travel recommended to guarantee service.

February 2025 (Low Season)
Good availability for all dates. Advance booking required for weekends during Six Nations Rugby Championship. Reservation at least 72 hours before travel recommended to guarantee service.

March 2025 (Peak Season)
Good availability for all dates. Advance booking required for weekends during Six Nations Rugby Championship and St. Patrick's Week 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th. Early bird rates can be secured by deposit.

April 2024 (Shoulder Season)
Good availability for all dates. Rates quoted now will rise by approximately 25% as demand surpasses supply approaching departure. Rates can be fixed by deposit.

Ticket

You will receive your ticket (featuring your booking number) via email immediately at time of booking. There is no need to print the ticket. If you wish, you can simply show it on your phone or tablet.

Guest accommodation is not included. However, we can recommend excellent accommodation options to meet with your style and budget expectations should you become a private client.